Former top Australian football official Bonita Mersiades has referred to the Australian Federal Police the alleged theft by suspected corrupt former FIFA executive Jack Warner of $500,000 of Australian football funds.
On Thursday afternoon, Mersiades wrote to federal police assistant commissioner Ian McCartney, who heads the AFP’s fraud and bribery portfolio, to request the AFP assess the matter and refer it to the FBI.
Mersiades is the former corporate affairs manager of the Football Federation Australia and has become a strident critic of corruption in football after leaving the FFA in 2010.
The 2010 payment by the Football Federation of Australia to Warner, and the FFA’s failure to report its alleged theft, has dogged the FFA for years and has been thrust back into the spotlight by the dramatic charging of Warner by US authorities.
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